Having the right electronic health records system in place benefits healthcare providers as well as their patients. That’s why the United States government has encouraged a movement toward EHRs as a way to foster improvements in healthcare quality, safety, efficiency and access.
While the reasons to migrate to an EHR system are undeniable, some healthcare professionals find the task to be daunting. It needn’t be, particularly if you keep five things in mind:
Know what you need. All EHR systems are not alike and systems for various medical sub-specialties have distinctive features specifically designed for their unique needs. For example, a software system designed for a mental health professional would have a completely different set of templates and guidelines than would a cardiologist. A psychologist would never have a need for electronic prescribing. Whereas the cardiologist would use automated coding to ensure highest possible E/M codes, and medication and prescription management tools. A cardiologist would also use electronic lab requests as well as electronic radiology orders. Get a system that’s right for you.